Monday, December 20, 2004


Article for online education

Steele, J., and Brown, J. (1995), "Adolescent room culture: Studying media in the context of everyday life." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 24 (5), p. 551-576.

This is one of the most important pieces of research ever written with regards to American youth and media use. It especially has some pertinence to understanding the expectations and needs involved in creating online education. Although this article is nearly a decade old, it touches on the reality that media is omnipresent is the lives of children from print to electronic media. In addressing the public’s concern over mass media effects of children and adolescents, Steele and Brown find that media are potentially influential upon American because children and adolescents spend more time with mass media than they do in school or with family. To fully understand this concept, one must consider how youth are exposed to and utilize mass media. In addition to “pedestrian” media such as print (newspapers, magazines, posters), most of today’s youth have such technological conveniences as the television, the radio, and computers not only in their schools as learning aids, but also in the homes and their rooms.

From this his article, media technology and media content are at the core of observing American youth’s lives. According to the researchers, media are not just observed in terms of material artifacts, but also as contexts by which youth engage in activities. Over a six-year span, the researchers interviewed children from ages 11 to 18 to study how

From their findings, Steele and Brown comprised a media practice model. The components for their model were:
-Selection: the act of choosing media or media-related alternatives influenced by motivations
-Interaction: cognitive, affective, and behavioral engagement with media producing cultural meanings
-Application: appropriation (Frequently visible and active use of media) or incorporation (associative and internalized use of media)
-Identity: Sensing one’s self through media

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